The NBA featured seven games last night from the floor of Madison Square Garden where the Knicks housed the Celtics to the O in Oakland where the Wizards and Warriors played a thrilling game with Washington getting a big road win. Hopefully, it was a good night for your fantasy team as well. These are the players that turned in the biggest stat lines giving their owners a big early-week boost:
Anthony Davis-New Orleans Hornets
Davis is rapidly blossoming into the star many projected him to be and had another huge night last night as he led New Orleans past the Cavs in Cleveland. Davis hit 12-18 from the field and finished with 30 points which was more than anyone else scored yesterday. On top of his offensive output, Davis added an amazing eight blocks to go with seven rebounds and three assists. He’s rapidly becoming one of the top big men in fantasy hoops.
LaMarcus Aldridge-Portland Trail Blazers
Aldridge couldn’t lead the Blazers to a win even at home, but his overall numbers were still solid. He scored 27 points in his 39 minutes while adding 16 boards, two blocks, and two assists.
Carmelo Anthony-New York Knicks
The Knicks continue to yo-yo through the season and are on the upswing right now thanks to Anthony’s scoring binge. Last night, he dropped 24 more points on Boston while adding nine rebounds, four assists, and four steals. It was actually a low-mark for the last five games over which he’s averaged 35.0 points per game. Look for another monster game Thursday as he takes on the Cavs who have been giving up big fantasy games lately.
Zach Randolph-Memphis Grizzlies
Z-Bo led the Grizz past Aldridge’s Blazers as Randolph returned to Portland where he played for the first six years on his career. He finished this trip with 23 points and 10 boards on 11-22 shooting while adding three assists and a steal.
Eric Gordon-New Orleans Pelicans
Gordon has been maddeningly inconsistent statistically this season, but even he had a good night against Cleveland turning in a well-balanced scoring line. He played 36 minutes and finished with 20 points, nine assists, seven rebounds, and a steal.
Lance Stephenson-Indiana Pacers
Stephenson has been on a role lately and continued it last night as the Pacers steamrolled the Lakers. For the third straight game, Stephenson had at least 15 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists. He actually finished last night with 14 rebounds to go with 15 points on 6-9 shooting and six assists. He contributes a high volume of rebounds for a guard and is putting together a solid season for Indiana.
Andre Drummond-Detroit Pistons
Drummond pulled down 17 rebounds in Detroit’s win over Orlando as they snapped their four-game losing streak. He also added 13 points two blocks and a steal in his 33 minutes.
Boris Diaw-San Antonio Spurs
For our sleeper-of-night, we head to Texas where the Rockets beat the Spurs despite another solid game from Boris Diaw. Diaw scored 22 points last night giving him double-digits in each of his last four games while averaging 15.2 over his last five. He added 11 boards, two blocked shots, and four assists while playing 34 minutes. He probably won’t put up numbers like that on a consistent basis especially with Tiago Splitter returning, but until then he can be a sericable short-term option in the over 90% of ESPN leagues where he is unowned.
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